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Kentucky: Bills proposed to add more mental health staff to schools; mental health screenings also

Mar 2, 2018, WKMS, Murray, KY: Mental Health Bills Would ‘Create Safe And Secure Schools’ The Executive Director of the Kentucky Psychological Association says two new House bills introduced this week could make Kentucky the leader in the country for making schools safer. … That type of environment would be fostered by bills filed earlier this week according to Wildner. Democratic Representative Will Coursey introduced House Bill 604, which would require schools to hire mental health professionals to support students and staff and to guide violence-prevention efforts by the start of the next school year. … Democratic Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo filed House Bill 538, requiring mental health screenings for students in conjunction with immunizations. … Willner said there is a shortage of mental health professionals across the state and that most schools staffed with guidance counselors are weighed down with responsibilities that take them away from counseling. …

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